February 12, 2019
War of the Resistance
Other than watching this piece of propaganda film, I actually knew very little about the Sino-Japanese war until I bought the game "War of the Suns" which piqued my interest. Having read a couple of books now, I can't tell you how impressed I am by the Chinese efforts 1937-1945.
As with the Russians, IMO Capra's biggest weakness in this film is in painting the Chinese, especially the Koumintang as "just like us" (USA.) One can get a truer picture by reading Barbara Tuchman's "Stilwell and the American Experience in China 1910-1945." A shame though that the Americans didn't realize the truth about "Brother Mao" until it was too late; the Chinese didn't deserve (and don't deserve) that fate.
July 11, 2011
We all know of the fight against the Nazi peril in Europe and Africa, as well as on the high seas. We know of the Russian peoples' stand against Hitler's armies and the importance of that resistance to Hitler's defeat. But how many of us realize the scope and significance of the Chinese contribution to the defeat of the Japanese?
This film tells a story that too few Americans knew and too many have forgotten.